2010 May 18: Oslo Freedom Forum: "We are now approaching the state of Orwell's dictum, that 'he who controls the present, controls the past.'
He who controls internet servers controls the intellectual record of mankind ..."
"So what is it that we DON'T we know about now?
There's an enormous hidden world out there . . .
People need to NOT be comfortable that what they receive from the media is all that is happening.""
"Being in the position of the publisher of last resort always puts us on the edge. We are the vanguard of the free press."
2014 June 18: Le Grand Journal;
"US behaviour is what has led to an atmosphere of distrust.
People should NOT trust the US military industrial complex."
(10 June 2013)
"It's very. very satisfying to see innocent people walk out of prison with one of our publications [waved] above their head as the key document used."
[From last known link before JA's internet was cut off.]
(15 Mar 2018)
Asked what people get wrong about him, Assange replied "almost everything."
"That's the perverse nature of not simply celebrity but the perverse nature of being famous & having a superpower as an opponent."
(26 Sept 2014)
"One of the best ways to achieve justice, is to expose injustice."
(8 March 2014)
"Transparency is for governments. Transparency is for organisations that are so large that they also, effectively, become part of the governing system. Privacy is for individuals. "
"The method is transparency, the goal is justice. Part of the method is journalism. But it is our end goal to achieve justice, and it's our source's goals -usually - to achieve justice."
At the Logan Symposium (April 2010)
"The desire for authority is much higher than the desire for morality.
The desire to be seen as a vicious authority that can terrorise people
is higher than the desire to be seen as an authority that commands respect ..."
"The power of people speaking up & resisting together terrifies corrupt undemocratic power.
So much so that ordinary people in the West are now the enemy of governments, an enemy to be watched, controlled & impoverished."
"All of us have a need to communicate what is hurting us, and what we hope for, and we should be very cautious about any manoeuvre which abridges that ability to communicate . . ."
"The internet has become the most important device for revealing the truth, at least since the beginning of the printing press. It has become the Number 1 antidote to TV. "
(23 Jan 2013)
"The internet does not give anyone freedom of speech. The internet makes publishing cheap, and that allows more publishers to exist . . .
Freedom of speech & information is something people bring TO the internet . . ."
". . . the privatisation of censorship:
where the field of public discourse is on private land, and archives that are historically important to all of us, and become our intellectual records, are no longer safe . . "
"We get attacked when people don't like the message. We get attacked - not in proportion to whatever we are doing wrong (or right) but in proportion to the impact that our material is having. They attack the messenger . . ."
"What I do think is very significant is the debate by existing establishment press to say that certain forms of information spread need to be stopped ... leading to a new norm of automated censorship ... by Silicon Valley...
"How big is this threat and what can be done about the risks associated with AI re manipulation of information?"
"It's overwhelmingly the biggest threat to humanity.
A much bigger threat than climate change."
"Our No 1 enemy is ignorance."
Also in this interview: "The media are so bad, we have to question whether the world wouldn't be better off without them altogether."
On Scientific Journalism:
"It is our philosophy that raw source material must be made available so that conclusions can be checkable."
- At the Logan Symposium (18 April 2010)